The rising cost of fossil based diesel fuel, concerns about climate change and the need to reduce emissions from agricultural production have fuelled interest in alternative fuels.
This RIRDC report explores the production of biodiesel from Indian mustard (Brassica juncea) and outlines the results of a mustard breeding program and preliminary biodiesel production and application in and around Narrabri in north-west New South Wales.
The aim of this research is to keep the biodiesel value chain in the local communities of the north-west. Mustards will be grown on farm in the crop rotation and biodiesel will be made and used on farm, produced in grower cooperatives or provided as a feedstock to large scale biodiesel plants located in local towns. The primary benefit of growing mustard in rotation with winter cereals is the improved yield of the winter cereal crops.